We’ve pointed out that under the current administration, Navy leadership has redefined what constitutes a “battle force ship” to include patrol craft (PC’s), hospital ships, and various other non-combatant support vessels. This is a blatant attempt to make the Navy’s force levels look better without actually adding any ships. Apparently Congress has taken note of this and is moving to limit or reverse the practice. From the H.R. 4435—FY15 National Defense
Authorization Bill, Subcommittee On Seapower And Projection Forces Markup comes this gem:
“Section 231(f) of title 10,
Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:” United States
‘‘The term ‘combatant and support vessel’ means any commissioned ship built or armed for naval combat or any naval ship designed to provide support to combatant ships and other naval operations. Such term does not include patrol coastal ships, non-commissioned combatant craft specifically designed for combat roles, or ships that are designated for potential mobilization.’’.
That’s a slap on the wrist for the Navy. Well done Congress!